The Canal Junction Bookshop

Canal Boaters & Boatmen Books

Canal boaters and boatmen were a unique and tight-knit community that truly embodied the meaning of hard work and family. These individuals were born and brought up on the waterways, and their lives revolved around the rhythm of the canals. For them, working on a barge or narrowboat was not just a job but a way of life.

The life of a canal boater or boatman was not an easy one. They worked long hours, often through harsh weather conditions, and navigated through narrow and tight spaces. But despite the challenges, they had an unwavering passion for their work and a deep connection to the waterways. This community was true testament to the power of family. Many canal boaters and boatmen worked alongside their loved ones, and their boats become a home. They formed close bonds with their fellow boaters, and their camaraderie and support for one another are truly inspiring.

Jack Allen

Our Canal & Waterways Books & Guides

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